Man jailed 10 years for ZESA cables theft

By Fungai Jachi

A 31- year-old man who was found in possession of ZESA cables has been slapped with a 10-year-jail term by a Harare court.

Pikitai Makucha was handed down the minimum mandatory sentence for contravening the Electricity Act.

In passing sentence, the magistrate noted that cases of vandalism of power infrastructure are on the increase, hence the need to send the right message to would-be offenders.

Makucha was convicted after a full trial.

Meanwhile, a 35-year-old Harare woman who allegedly defrauded a local bank of US$38 000 after using money that had been mistakenly transferred into her account was remanded in custody when she appeared in court this Friday.

Phionah Riekert is facing theft and money laundering charges.

It is alleged that the bank made a mistake and transferred US$38 000 into the accused person’s account.

The accused allegedly withdrew the money despite having been notified by the bank of the mistake.

A report was filed to the police leading to her arrest.